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New World Symphony

2019-2020 Season, Masterworks

New World Symphony

Jan 25
7:30 PM
Jan 26
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

GEORGE WALKER Lyric for Strings
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, "New World"

Explore a tapestry of symphonic voices on the theme of America, from the 19th century’s stirring New World Symphony to the voice of today with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s beautifully textured harp concerto.

What's interesting about these concerts?

Making History - The first (GORGEOUS) piece on our program is by George Theophilus Walker (1922-1918), the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1996)

LIVING Composer Alert Jennifer Higdon is a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winning composer, and we’re thrilled to perform one of her latest pieces with Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Higdon’s Harp Concerto was premiered in 2018, and a recording was just released this past summer with Yolanda and the Rochester Philharmonic.

New World, New Sound – Although Antonin Dvořák emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, he is largely credited with creating America’s signature symphonic sound with his “New World” Symphony. The gorgeous melodies in this, Dvořák’s most popular symphony, were directly influenced by Native-American music and African-American spirituals. Hear short samples from this landmark work below.

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Yolanda Kondonassis

About Yolanda Kondonassis

Second appearances with the Wichita Symphony
Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Learn more about Yolanda at

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If you’d like to learn more about the music in our concert programs, Concert Talks are just what you need! Before every Masterworks Concert, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will present pre-concert talks which help prepare you and deepen your understanding of the music to be performed in the program. Sometimes our guest soloists even join Maestro Hege for a discussion of their concerto collaboration! Free to all ticket holders, Concert Talks take place in the Concert Hall one hour prior to each Masterworks performance.

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